Serial robbery suspect to remain behind bars

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — One of two suspects in a series of armed, and on one occasion violent robberies has been deemed a danger to the public and as a result, will continue to be held without bail.

A dangerousness hearing was held Thursday for Miguel Gonzalez, 19, of Stoughton.

Police allege Gonzalez and a juvenile male from Taunton held up businesses in East Providence, Pawtucket, Raynham and Taunton in early December.

A customer of an East Providence liquor store that was targeted was stabbed during the robbery. Police said the 68-year-old man’s liver was punctured in the attack, requiring surgery to remove a portion of it.

Gonzalez was arrested last week after his vehicle was pulled over by Taunton police.

At the scene of the East Providence robbery, police found a key fob, which officers later used to open Gonzalez’s car. Also found in the vehicle, according to Taunton Police Det. Robert Swartz, were surgical gloves and clothing that matched what was worn by the robbers, along with cash and a knife with blood on it.

Taunton police charged Gonzalez with unarmed robbery and larceny over $250. In Raynham, he was charged with armed and masked robbery, larceny over $250 and malicious destruction of property over $250.

Gonzalez is due back in court Jan. 12. He’s also being sought for extradition to Rhode Island, to face charges there.

The 17-year-old second suspect surrendered to Taunton police last weekend.

The defense on Thursday took issue with some of the charges against Gonzalez and said the second suspect implicated Gonzalez in order to distance himself.

Prosecutors told the judge that both defendants were convicted of robbing a Stoughton flower shop for marijuana money back in 2014. Both were juveniles at the time.